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Lebanese man arrested in Spain for trying to buy human organs

Madrid, Mar 12 (EFE).- A Lebanese citizen needing a transplant was arrested in Spain for trying to buy a liver from nine different immigrants. The suspect offered prospective donors up to 40,000 euros ($55,000), police said Wednesday. Along with the Lebanese man, the 61-year-old mayor of a town in the Middle Eastern country, authorities in the eastern region of Valencia arrested four other people who were helping him locate candidates for the transplant.

Lebanese man arrested in Spain for trying to buy human organs

Madrid, Mar 12 (EFE).- A Lebanese citizen needing a transplant was arrested in Spain for trying to buy a liver from nine different immigrants. The suspect offered prospective donors up to 40,000 euros ($55,000), police said Wednesday. Along with the Lebanese man, the 61-year-old mayor of a town in the Middle Eastern country, authorities in the eastern region of Valencia arrested four other people who were helping him locate candidates for the transplant.

Lebanese man 'caught' trying to buy immigrant's liver

Police in Spain arrested a rich Lebanese man suspected of trying to buy the healthy liver of a poor immigrant to receive it as a transplant, officials said Wednesday. They said it was the first such organ trafficking racket uncovered in Spain, which is a pioneer in advanced transplants and performs more such operations than any other country in the world. The 61-year-old, who was reported in Spanish media to be a Lebanese mayor, is suspected of approaching several immigrants, offering 40,000 euros ($55,000) for a liver, and finally making a deal with a Romanian.

Brazil doctors convicted in organ trafficking scheme

Two doctors have been sent to prison in Brazil for selling contraband organs to the United States as part of a suspected trafficking scheme, law enforcement officials said Friday. The two men, Celso Roberto Scafi and Claudio Rogerio Carneiro Fernandes, are both urologists who practiced medicine in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. But officials allege they also were part of an organ-trafficking "mafia" in which kidneys, livers and other organs and body tissues were illegally removed from patients, some of whom were still alive, and sold.

China to end use of prisoners' organs for transplants in mid-2014

By Li Hui and Ben Blanchard HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, plans to end the controversial practice by the middle of next year, a senior official said on Saturday.

'Why is it dark?' asks blinded Chinese boy

A six-year-old Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out does not know he has been blinded and asks his family why the sun has yet to rise, state media reported Wednesday. The boy, surnamed Guo, was found covered in blood in the northern province of Shanxi after he went missing while playing outside, Chinese media reported previously. His eyes, gouged out by an attacker, were recovered nearby, a police officer in Fenxi county who declined to be named told AFP.

Chinese boy has eyes gouged out, possibly for corneas

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police are hunting for a woman suspected of gouging out the eyes of a six-year-old boy, possibly to get her hands on his corneas to sell on the organ transplant black market, state media reported on Wednesday, a crime which has horrified China. The boy, from northern Shanxi province, was lured into a field on Saturday by the woman, where she gouged out his eyes and left him in a pool of blood, only to be discovered by his parents hours later, Chinese media reported.

China to phase out use of prisoners' organs for transplants

By Li Hui and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China will start phasing out its decades-long practice of using the organs of executed prisoners for transplant operations from November, a senior official said on Thursday, as it pushes to mandate the use of organs from ethical sources in hospitals.

Strip China surgeon of Australian award, academics say

Australian academics are calling for a Chinese surgeon accused of harvesting organs from prisoners to be stripped of a University of Sydney honorary professorship. Huang Jiefu, who was trained in Sydney and until recently China's vice-minister for health, today oversees Beijing's organ transplant committee. The university awarded Huang an honorary professorship that was recently extended for another three years, sparking an outcry. Sydney professor of medicine Maria Fiatarone Singh is organising a petition to have Huang's honours overturned.

Prosecutor calls for law to bar Canadians from buying human organs overseas

Ottawa must pass legislation barring Canadians from buying human organs in foreign countries, a Canadian prosecutor who led a landmark case against several human organs traffickers in Kosovo said Monday. While the commercial trade of human organs is illegal in most countries, there is no law banning Canadians from taking part in so-called transplant tourism, Jonathan Ratel said from Kosovo's capital, Pristina.
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